Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Georgia-Pacific will be building a new softwood lumber production facility in Warren County, creating new jobs and preserving existing ones.
According to a news release from the company, the $135 million facility will be built on property adjacent to the existing lumber mill there. It will be 340,000 square feet and will be capable of "over three times the output of the current facility" built in the early 1970s.
"GP’s existing lumber plant in Warren County will continue full operations until the new facility is completed. After startup of the new plant, GP estimates hiring an additional 30 to 40 employees, bringing its workforce in Warren County to approximately 150 people," the release said.
Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2018, the plant should start operating in spring 2019. Once in production, the new facility will receive approximately 185 truckloads of pine logs a day and produce approximately 350 million board-feet of lumber per year.
“We chose to reinvest in Warrenton and Warren County due largely to our current talented employee base and the incredible reception we received from county and economic development officials,” a spokesperson for Georgia Pacific said.